Tag Archives: SPX

The Week in VIX and VXN – July 5, 2013

VIX and VXN were both on hold in front of expected news on Thursday and Friday.  While we celebrated the 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on Thursday the European Central Bank made comments following a regularly scheduled meeting that pushed equity markets higher around the world.  Not to be outdone some of us […]

The Week in VIX and VXN – 6/28/2013

The S&P 500 was up just under 1% for the week and the Nasdaq-100 gained just over 1%.  Both volatility indexes dropped as would be expected.  VIX was down over 10% and VXN dropped just over 15%.  This activity put VXN at a 0.39 discount to VIX which is historically low level.  VXN usually maintains […]

VIX and VXN – Week of 6/21/2013

It was a tumultuous week for VIX.  June settlement came in at 17.22 which was the highest settlement value since last year.  The S&P 500 was off 2.11% which matched the worst weekly performance in 2013.  Thursday, with the stock market under pressure VIX closed over 20.00 for the first time this year and the […]

Consumer Sentiment Index Hits Highest Level Since 2007 – By Matt Moran

May 17, 2013 — A report on Bloomberg news on Friday noted that —  “Consumer confidence rose in May to the highest level in almost six years as an advancing stock market and cheaper gas prices helped lift Americans’ outlook on the economy.   The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of consumer sentiment rose to […]

SPX Tops Its First 100-Point Milestone in 13 Years – By Matt Moran

An interesting way to look at trends in the S&P 500® (SPXTM) Index is to look at the dates on which it first closed above its 100-point milestones. As shown in the table below, the SPX first closed above 200 in Nov. 1985, above 500 in March 1995, above 1000 in Feb. 1998, and above […]

Volatility Skewness Can Impact Hedging Costs – By Matt Moran

On Monday April 15th — the price of gold plunged 9.4% (its biggest daily drop in 30 years), the price of silver fell 11.3%, the CBOE Gold ETF Volatility Index (GVZ) rose 61.7% (a record one-day move), and new all-time records were established for daily trading volumes for VIX® futures, VIX options and GVZ futures.  […]

Strong Options Volume Growth for Both SPX (Up 22%) and VIX (Up 48%) By Matt Moran

Both the S&P 500® (SPX) and the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) index options experienced strong volume growth in the 1st quarter of 2013 compared with the 1st quarter of 2012 – SPX options average daily volume rose to 809,067 (up 22%) and VIX options average daily volume rose to 633,811 (up 48%). PUT/CALL RATIOS It […]

VIX Recently Has Been “High” (vs. SPX Historic Volatility) By Matt Moran

Over the past year, and particularly at times when the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) was below 15, several people have asked me questions such as – Why is the VIX so low? Shouldn’t the VIX be at higher levels, particularly in light of worldwide uncertainties and volatility? An argument could be made that VIX recently […]

Consumer Sentiment Index Reaches 5-Year High

A Bloomberg news story on Friday Nov. 9th noted – “Confidence among U.S. consumers climbed to a five-year high in November, improving the prospects of bigger spending gains that will help spur the expansion.  The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary consumer sentiment index rose to 84.9, the fourth straight increase and the highest since July […]

SPX Options Volume Jumps to 1.15 Million Today

WED. NOV. 7 — Today, the day after the U.S. election, the trading volume for S&P 500® (SPX) options was a strong 1,153,017 contracts, the biggest volume day for SPX options since Sept. 14th.  For comparison purposes, the average daily volume for SPX options on the previous 8 trading days was 613,248. Today the S&P […]

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